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Vow of Volition Make the Final Round of the Battle for Warped Tour

The Vans Warped Tour was the first festival for many of us back in the day. As young'ns, it's likely we didn't necessarily think about all that went into figuring out the bands to book and play the whole shebang. Part of that process, at least locally, seems to be through a series "battle of the bands" style competitions specifically for landing a spot on the fest. Quite a few Portland bands have been furiously playing against one another for said spot, and djent/prog metal act Vow of Volition are one of the acts that made it to the finals.

Warped Tour was always the type of festival that included much in the realm of pop punk, punk punk, emo and metal, so Vow of Volition's advancement to the final round is no surprise. Their incredibly technical, at times jazzy metal stands out in Portland's pretty linear popular music scene, and is much worthy of the attention its getting.

Those that want to support Vow of Volition in driving home the permanent spot can go to the Battle for Warped Tour finals Saturday at the Hawthorne Theatre.





Superblonde's "Stay Dumb" is the drumbeat of our uncertain times

Let the antipathy wash over you on Superblonde’s new record Stay Dumb, an eight track hardcore symposium on fatalism and self-doubt. From fire starter “Learning To Burn’s” introductory lyrics (“our lives are over”) to the allegorical title track “Stay Dumb” (“I’m… like a fly on a sundial with no wings, no real desire to leave”) to shredded closer “Chüb,” the scope of Superblonde’s philosophical outlook comes at the behest of frontman Ryan Richardson’s shrewd, meticulous lyrics. While the content is often bleak, a close reading shows Richardson’s worldview is at times ambivalent, recognizing the difficulty of change, in both a personal and cultural capacity, but acknowledging it is possible. Parred with floor tom destroying percussion and ear ringing guitar work, Stay Dumb is a cathartic album for the increasingly uncertain times we live in. Stream it below. -Connor Beckett McInerney (@b_ck_tt)

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Midnight Dice @ Reggie's (5/3)

Metal band Midnight Dice recently released their self-titled debut EP digitally and on May 3rd it will be receiving a vinyl release via Chicago Metal label Hoove Child Records.

This is the traditional metal sounds of Mandy Martillo (Vocals), Steve "Lethal" Beaudette (Guitars), Patrick "Rusty" Glockle (Drums), and Jose Salazar (Bass).

You can catch Midnight Dice at Reggie’s on May 3rd with High Spirits, Savage Master, and Castle.

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Without Light "The Dread Gospels"

Doom Metal band Without Light have released the second single, “In Depths of Sleep”, from their forthcoming debut album, The Dread Gospels. The album is set to be released on April 20th via Weed Cabinet Records.

This is the work of Eric Sanchez (guitar), Angel Onofre (guitar), Jamie Danger (bass/vocals), and Luke Scriven (drums).

Without Light will be performing on WZRD 88.3 on Thursday, April 11th at 10 pm. You can see them live on April 18th at The Owl with Underwire and IYAC.

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Pale Mare - Heavy Ass Stoner Metal East Coast Tour

Toronto heavy metal fellas Pale Mare are taking their show on the road. They’ll be rippin’ their loud sludgey grooves out on the East Coast this spring. In 2017 they released their debut EP through Medusa Crush Records which features 3 tracks including “Descolada” which brings the heat right away with deep stoner riffs. Just some real heavy shit all around. Pale Mare have aleady shared the stage with many well-known metal bands and this’ll be your chance to see ‘em up close this spring. They kick off their tour in Toronto at Coalition on April 19th before heading east in early May. – Kris Gies

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